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John McDonald BAIRD

Regimental number1655
Place of birthNarrabri, New South Wales
SchoolArmidale and Moree State Schools, New South Wales
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationWheelwright
AddressBeardy Street, Armidale, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Height5' 7.5"
Weight128 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Annie Baird, Beardy Street, Armidale, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date20 May 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll20 May 1915
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name19th Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/36/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A61 Kanowna on 19 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll19th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 12 November 1916
Age at death from cemetery records23
Place of burialWarlencourt British Cemetery (Plot II, Row K, Grave No. 34), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
87
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: William Henry and Annie BAIRD, "Kummulla", Albany Street, Crows Nest, New South Wales. Native of Narrabri, New South Wales
Family/military connectionsBrother killed at Lone Pine, Gallipoli
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Proceeded to join Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 16 August 1915; admitted to 1st Casualty Clearing Station, Anzac, 24 September 1915 (bronchitis); transferred to hospital ship, 25 September 1915; to St George's Hospital, Malta, 1 October 1915; discharged to All Saints Camp, Malta, 26 October 1915; embarked Malta, 2 December 1915; disembarked Alexandria, 6 December 1915; returned to 19th Bn, Tel-el-Kebir, 8 January 1916.

Admitted to No 4 Auxiliary Hospital, Abbassia, 29 January 1916 (diptheria); discharged to duty, 18 February 1916; returned to 19th Bn, Moascar, 7 March 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join British Expeditionary Force, 18 march 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 25 March 1916.

To be Acting Corporal, France, 2 September 1916.

To Grenade School, 10 October 1916; rejoined unit, 16 October 1916.

To be Corporal, 6 November 1916.

Killed in action, 12 November 1916.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, BAIRD John McDonald

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